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Asbestos removal for Coleman property to be $95,000 less than expected

Removing asbestos at the Coleman factory in downtown Wichita will cost about $95,000 less than initially expected, Sedgwick County commissioners learned today.

That’s because much less roofing material is affected than first believed.

Asbestos removal was estimated to cost $120,200 but now will cost $24,550. About 5,200 of roofing material is involved in the asbestos abatement instead of the 65,000 square feet originally estimated.

Commissioner Jim Skelton thanked staff for catching the error but also expressed some frustration that it occurred in the first place.

The county bought the building for $600,000 to use as a parking lot for Intrust Bank Arena and downtown.

Assistant county manager Ron Holt said the contractor for asbestos removal, American Metropolitan Environmental, Inc., made an error when recording how many square feet of roofing material was involved.

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